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November 7th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I told my mom that I cancelled my weight watchers because I couldn't afford it. I told her that I was upset that they are offering the same thing I had for $18 a month vs the $42 I was paying. She offered to pay the $65 for me to sign back up at the $18 per month rate. She is really supportive of me and really wants me to lose this extra weight. She would only have to pay for the initial payment because I could handle the $18 a month after that.

I am in a dilemma. I like being a member of weight watchers and feel a commoroderie(?) with the members there. I like the accountability of having to weigh in each week.

But I don't really want to take any more money from my mom. This was the first month I was able to give her any money. I could pay her back $20 a month for three months. Just not sure what to do.

What do you suggest?

8 Responses to “What to Do”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    I've heard really good things about online support sites (like threefatchicks.com), and I know some of the others have mentioned other sites). Why don't you try something like that, and save the money??

    All of the above said, WW is about the only weight loss plan I'd give any money to (because it does actually work). I wonder if they will offer deeper discounts around Jan. 1. Might give you some time to check other alternatives.

  2. SecretarySaving Says:

    I'm on WW and had a weigh in today. So I'm with you! But - I think you've already made up your mind that you would rather do it yourself and not owe anyone money. Hang in there. You know the program and when you are ready you'll get back on when you can afford to. Good luck!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Losing weight and finding motivation, tools and support are important. However from a financial sense, I'm concerned that you are justifying keeping something that you can't afford. If you didn't have your mother to turn to, you would have to say no to this cost, unless you reduced costs elsewhere. Reduce your cable, cell phone, car insurance, stop smoking, stop eating out....are all places to find that $18 to spend on your health.

    Good luck making your decision.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    There are other ways to find support, like with friends on Facebook, posting here on SavingAdvice, using the free sites like Sparkpeople etc. I use a combination and have been successful in taking off the weight I've wanted to rid myself of for years. Mostly just calorie counting, exercising and feeling accountable to someone. Maybe you could try to set up your own (free) system for a couple months and see if that works?

  5. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Never mind...the 18.95 is only for the online version. Told my mom that and she said she really wants to do this for me. I just don't know that I am okay with that. My mom said that she really wants me to lose weight for health reasons and is willing to help me.

  6. Jane Says:

    I agree that finding a free alternative would be a good compromise. You have done WW in the past, so you already have the info you need to work their program. Could you band together with a few friends who want to lose weight and agree to have weekly weigh-ins together? I know nobody ever wants to share their weight, but there is really nothing like it for accountability, and if it is a little embarassing at first, that is just encouragement to make sure that after your friends learn what it is at the highest, you will feel even prouder as it goes down. I just did this, and believe me, the memory of speaking my weight out loud had me choosing salads all week : ). Studies have shown that one thing people who lose weight and keep it off have in common is frequently weighing themselves, so a 3 lb gain doesn't become 20 before you notice it; the weigh-in part does seem like an important element to replace. Good luck!

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Could your mom be your accountability partner? Could she make you accountable for weighing in at her house every Saturday morning? She could track your weight and call you each night to see if you met your calorie goal? It would be worth a try before accepting the money.

  8. starfishy Says:

    at some point, i think the only way to stop taking money from your mom is to stop taking money from your mom. just armchair speculation here, but i wonder if your mom might have a need for you (and maybe her other children?) to be dependent on her? it's sweet that's she's so generous, but in this case you've clearly stated that you don't want to take the money from her and yet she keeps insisting that she wants to help you. it might be more helpful if she respected your decision and supported you in standing on your own two feet, even when it's really hard to do so on both sides. good luck with your decision!

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